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2017 Looking China film project opening ceremony held in Beijing
2017 Looking China International Youth Film Project opening ceremony was held in Beijing Normal University on April 10, which is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation. In 2017, film makers are expected to produce 10-minute short films with the assistance of Chinese volunteers from Shenzhen University, Guangxi Normal University, Xiamen University, Henan University and other organizations. The theme of this year's "Looking China" project is "craftsman, inheritance, innovation."
The Village of Lusheng
George Howard-Rees Jones, a Lincoln University student, produces a film about a small and remote Miao-ethnic community village set in the backdrop of high lush hills and foggy weather.
The Miao people love music and are closely connected to a reed instrument, known as the Lusheng.
The film interviews two elderly men and a post-graduate from the Art School at Guizhou University.
One elderly gentleman is a professional lusheng player, while the other is a craftsman of the bamboo piped instrument.
The performer explains how his father taught him the skills that were passed down from generation to generation. The craftsman described the intricate details of the instrument, and how his generation of craftsmen upgraded it from playing just 6 basic sounds to 15, and even 24 now.
Explore the taste of the big bowl
The film, ‘Explore the taste of the big bowl,’ captures the hustle and bustle of life in Beijing and how tea helps residents stay calm.
The video begins with haunting music, showing footage of crowded streets near Tiananmen Square and subway stations.
It transits to a more serene video when depicting tea shops in Beijing where hostesses describe the different types of tea and its health benefits. Then it moves on to Beijing’s most popular tea shop that serves a steaming hot bowl of tea for customers at a very low price.
Customers from all over China and the world come to taste the bowls of tea. The owner discloses that he loses money serving so many bowls of tea in Qianmen Square, Beijing.
Kam Grand Choir
The film, Kam Grand Choir, directed by Ritaban Basu, features the Dong people, one of China’s ethnic groups who mainly reside in rural villages of Southwestern China.
They prefer to being free spirits, so much so that when they perform as a choir, they do not have a musical conductor to lead them.
Sometimes, lyrics can restrain them too, so they create many songs that imitate the sounds of nature as a replacement for words. Some say that those who feel closely-connected to water have free-style mindsets..
The choir appears very playful, more likely to smile and dance, while not taking themselves too seriously. Going to a Kam Grand Choir is more like attending a fun-filled party and worth a visit for those who admire free-spirited people.
Man is What He Eats
The film, Man is What He Eats, directed by Fabio Ragni highlights the special cuisine of the Bai people living in Dali, Southwest China’s Yunnan province.
Dali sits in an idylic natural scenic location. The Bai people can be one with nature and they built roads with water streaming on the paths.
Upon viewing footage, one can see villagers wearing a passion for traditional and colorful outfits. But, they are even more enthusiastic about the local cuisine, which originates from a nearby town, Xizhou.
The most popular food seems to be Xizhoubaba that tastes and looks similar to the pizzas you would find in an Italian eatery.
The food is a crowd favorite for the locals and foreign visitors coming to Dali and Xizhou.
Love song of Kangding
Love Song of Kangding was one of the 10 songs selected by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to represent human kind in space, and it is a love song well-known to most Chinese. And in Kangding, it represents the lives and culture of the Zang people (Tibetans) there.
Some believe that people living in high altitudes often feel dizzy due to lack of oxygen, so they sing and dance for physical and mental well-being.
And in the olden days, when young people fell in love, they would sing to each other for courting before marriage. One elderly couple recounted their first meeting.
Nevertheless, the young Zang people living in Kangding are not big fans of traditional folk songs. But, there’s one teenage band that tries to blend rock & roll with Zang folk tales to make the music more hip for the next generation to come.
Nevertheless, the young Zang people living in Kangding are not big fans of traditional folk songs. But, there’s one teenage band that tries to blend rock & roll with Zang folk tales to make the music more hip for the next generation to come.
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  • Will roya
    Those Xizhou babas look like pizzas lol
  • Luis watertree
    Some movies are nice, wish I can go to visit those places.
  • Voon T Cheong
    It's a waste if China don't preserved some of its unique culture, Palace Lantern is one of them.
  • Shanta Maria
    I love Chinese folk songs very much.
  • Yaoqi Guan
    Omg I want to eat hot pot right now.
  • Hasti Man Pun
    Oh, every ethnic has their own culture and custom. In Nepal people of magar has their own special.
  • Laura Du
    You are right, it was a great place in old time, but now it becomes a pure tourist street, locals never go there to eat or shop !!!
  • Prosper Clint Awhariado
    Wow! I really wish to visit China. It's been my dream land for tourism. I wish to walk on the "wall" and visit shaolin houses.
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